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    Along with its immediate predecessor, Truth, Beck-Ola was an essential bridge by which hard rock crossed over into heavy metal.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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  • #2
    I'm not a big Jeff Beck fan, considering him the #3 ranking out of the Yardbirds and I'm not sure I would agree with your description of this album. People say he is a "guitar player's guitar player" and I recognize all of the creative things he's done but his stuff is a little too self-indulgent for me. Truth is by far my favorite, I like Beck, Bogart and Appice and Blow by Blow and have a few other songs of his on my iTunes (my measure of great classic rock). I give Led Zeppelin's first album the same year more credit for making the transition to hard rock than Beck-Ola.

    When I saw Jeff Beck live at a local theater in 2009, I thought the most interesting person there was his bass player, Tal Wilkenfeld.

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      MylesBAstor commented
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      I haven't heard Beck-Ola in age but agree with you about BBA (played that to death in college) and Blow by Blow. In fact, Chad's 45 rpm issue of Blow by Blow is sensational!

  • #3
    Tony Newman drummed on that album- his work on the first May Blitz album is impressive. I'm more of a Truth fan than a Beck Ola fan. I should upgrade my pressing of the latter. Truth, as a UK first press with the cool blue and black Columbia/EMI label, sounds way more visceral than the Epic copies. My buddy Rob opened for Jeff Beck back in this very early era. Jeff Beck = brilliant guitarist, but not always so sure about his material, and obviously, that original band was pretty short lived.